For lovers of Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman & Gillian Flynn, LITTLE MONSTERS delves into the not so nice aspects of modern day teenage girls. Forget the sugar and spice, these mean girls may be at high school but they're thinking and scheming some very grown up thoughts, with some very scary solutions. Better than your average psychological thriller, Kara Thomas weaves the breakdown of the traditional nuclear family and examines the effects of those changing role models on the children. The proof is in the pudding has never seemed such a scary prospect. A 'read-it-in-one-sitting' book.
This was a really fun, dark YA psychological thriller! It’s got everything I love in a thriller: small town, toxic friendships, family drama, urban legends, rumours, murder, and even a cute little family-owned coffee shop. On paper it sounds generic, but Kara Thomas actually paints quite a unique story and character study in the town of Broken Falls.
This book was a really interesting exploration into toxic friendship and the lies that teenagers weave. Every POV shift unveiled more shocking manipulations and toxic behaviour, with secrets layered upon secrets layered upon secrets. The climax was super tense and shocking - Kara Thomas had skilfully hidden all the clues in plain view, blowing my mind that I didn’t put 2 and 2 together on my own!